If you’re like me, you love infographics. Hey, they save us time with all that TLDR (too long, didn’t read) stuff you find on the web and present information the right way – short and precise! That’s why I’ll try to create some guitar infographics for you in the future. Although I’m no designer, I’ll try to do my best and hope to improve over time.
To kick things off I created a little guitar infographic that shows the most expensive guitars that have ever been sold in the world. Of course we’re not talking about brand-new guitars, but about old, vintage guitars with a certain story to them! As you might know, there are some very famous guitars that have been played by some very famous guitarists of famous bands back in the days. Exactly these guitars are some of the most expensive guitars ever – because they’re a piece of history! But now enough talk, here’s my first go at a guitar infographic:
Some details for this guitar infographic:
1. Reach out to Asia Fender Stratocaster
This guitar clearly has the record for the most expensive guitar. Not because it’s been played and owned by a famous artist, but for a better reason: in 2009 Fender and Bryan Adams auctioned off this guitar that has been signed by multiple rock stars like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian May. Who bought the guitar? The heir to the throne of Qatar, Her Highness Sheihka Miyyassah Al Thani.
2. Jimi Hendrix 1968 Fender Stratocaster
This is one of my favorites listed on the guitar infographic: it’s the guitar that Jimi Hendrix actually played during his famous Woodstock gig! It was made during the CBS era of Fender and included a maple fretboard, the larger headstock style and an olympic white finish. As he was left-handed, he just turned the guitar around.
3. Bob Marley Washburn Series Hawk
This guitar is one of only seven guitars Bob Marley used, so it’s a very special one. Even so special that it has been declared a “National Treasure” by the Jamaican Government! At some point the seller was offered (so the story says) 5 million US dollars for it – but it’s only number 3 on my guitar infographic.
4. Eric Clapton’s Blackie Stratocaster
It’s very rare that one specific guitar has its own Wikipedia page, but this one does. Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” is a black stratocaster that Eric put together from parts of three stratocaster built in 1956 and 1957. He played it until 1985 before a “Blackie” signature series came out in 1988. The guitar was sold for nearly a million US Dollars that went to Crossroads Centre.
5. Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES-335
Eric Clapton purchased this one in 1964 and played it throughout his early career – including his time with the Yardbirds, Cream and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He unbelievably played this one for more than thirty years and you can hear its sound on many famous recordings. This one was actually sold at a Christie’s auction for more than ten times the initial estimate.
For all you interested – this infographic has been created with Easel.ly!